At age 89, comic book legend Stan Lee will get to see some of his characters on the big screen at the same time in "The Avengers" and the creator of the franchise said he is "thrilled."
"I'm really thrilled the way all of this has worked out and the idea that Marvel and Disney could have the sense, the foresight, the vision and the courage to put all these superheroes in one movie," Lee told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent George Pennacchio at the film's premiere in Los Angeles. "I think the fans are going to just go crazy when they have a chance to see this."
"The Avengers" features characters from the "Iron Man," "Thor," "The Incredible Hulk" and "Captain America" together. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff / The Black Widow, from "Iron Man 2," while Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark / Iron Man. Jeremy Renner plays Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Jackson reprises his role as Nick Fury. The film also stars Colbie Smulders of "How I Met Your Mother" as Maria Hill, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Nick Fury.
Fury calls on the heroes to assemble as The Avengers to fight Tom Hiddleston's character Loki, a villain from "Thor," who wants to rule over the human race. Joss Whedon wrote and directed the film.
Lee co-created the Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor and the X-Men - to name a few. He is the executive producer of several of the Marvel superhero movies. Lee makes a cameo appearance in "The Avengers" and has also appeared in "Thor," "The Incredible Hulk" and "Spider-Man."
Lee is a fan favorite at events like Comic-Con and has a simple explanation for how he maintains his popularity.
"It's just that I happen to have this quality: I'm adorable," Lee joked.
"I like to have fun. Young people like to have fun and they don't expect an old guy not to be crotchety and I'm not," he added. "I still feel like a kid. When I'm with these teenagers and these young people, I'm never happier and we have a lot of fun together."
"The Avengers" hits theaters in the United States on Friday, May 4, and has already made $281 million abroad. Check out the trailer for the film below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com, which also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).